American Humane: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: American Humane seeks to support animal welfare organizations across the county. It also connects veterans with service dogs.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards modestly sized grants with the funding earmarked for specific projects.

PROFILE: A group of local humane society representatives from around the country founded American Humane on October 9, 1877 and according to its website, remains the “the only national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the welfare of both children and animals.” The organization remains “committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals,” through its own programs and by supporting other like-minded organizations.

American Humane offers several grantmaking initiatives. The organization helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries obtain service dogs. It also offers Second Chance Grants, which support local animal shelters and rescue groups with the costs of caring for homeless animals or those that are victims of cruelty. Lastly, its Meachum Memorial Grant program offers financial assistance to help rescue groups and shelters expand their facilities. Moreover, the foundation also offers invests in veterinarians, veterinary technicians and “ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.”

Past grantees include Paws and Affect and Service Dogs for American. Grants tend to be on the modest size, and range from $2,000 to $5,000. To learn more about the types of programs and projects this foundation supports, upload its latest tax filings. American Humane does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking and it accepts unsolicited grant applications.


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